So I'd have to agree that the 49ers losing Manny Lawson for the season sucks BIG TIME. Manny was really stepping up and looking like he would fulfill all that first round potential. Of course he is young and will hopefully bounce back better than ever. However, for the 2007 season, we have to forget about him and move on. Steelers fans who recognize the talent of Manny Lawson have to be giddy at the thought of not having to face him. Barring a signing off the street, Lawson's replacement will be either Hannibal Navies or Parys Haralson. Everyone has seen Navies and Haralson on the field, but we've never done an in depth look. For now let's check out the Scouts Inc scouting reports on each player via the World Wide Leader:
As an eight-year veteran, Navies seems to be the logical choice initially. According to Scouts Inc:
I think it's safe to say that Haralson has more upside than Navies and is an intriguing option outside. According to Scouts Inc:
As I mentioned before, I think I'm in the Parys Haralson camp because of the upside. Navies would definitely be the safe play in this situation because of his experience. However, even though Haralson does not have the talent of Lawson (that we know), I'd love to see him get a crack at the spot. He's a converted end so the coverage skills could be lacking, but we won't know anything for sure until he gets on the field.
I'll throw up a poll to get people's thoughts on who should start. There was an interesting suggestion of rolling Brandon Moore out to the OLB spot. Any other unorthodox suggestion?